When we think about our favorite skincare products and how they came about, we often picture scientists in clean white lab coats, in a sterile room, surrounded by beakers, petri dishes and an array of brightly colored chemicals and compounds. But, this isn’t that type of article. We are here to talk about the nitty gritty, the process, the origin of shilajit – a sticky, tar-like substance which is one of Mother Nature’s most powerful compounds. Shilajit is backed by science to help with a myriad of ailments and skin conditions, but we’ll get to that in a bit. Right now, it’s time for us to strap on our hiking boots and dawn our warmest parka, because we’re bound for the Himalayas, where it all began…
Where does Shilajit come from?
Shilajit can be found in the caves and crevices of towering mountain slopes throughout India, China, Central Asia, Iran and a few other Arabian countries. According to the oldest records available to us, Shilajit has been used as a medicine for the past 5,000 years in India and the Himalayan mountains. To this day, most Shilajit is painstakingly harvested from the Himalayan and Altai Mountains. In the year 1870, British explorer, Sir Martin Edward Stanley observed that monkeys in the Himalayan mountains appeared to remain healthy and agile in their old age, unlike their counterparts from Europe. The monkeys were seen scraping a black, tar-like substance off the side of the mountain rocks and regularly snacking on it. The local indigenous people confirmed that this substance was Shilajit and they believed that it was responsible for the monkey’s good health.
What is shilajit?
Shilajit, also known as Shilajeet comes from the Sanskrit compound word shilajatu meaning “rock-tar”, which is the regular Ayurveda term. It is believed that shilajit was formed by the decomposition of plants from tiny microorganisms over centuries and even millions of years. It can be found clinging to the side of boulders and dark crevices. Once the sun hits it, it begins to melt, making it easier to be harvested and cleaned of impurities for human consumption.
Health benefits backed by science.
The primary compounds found in shilajit are humic acid and fulvic acid along with 85 ionic vitamins and minerals. Humic acid was previously shown to enhance cutaneous wound healing and show antibacterial properties, but a recent study focused on wound healing in the oral cavity and it resulted in a statistically significant enhanced rate of wound closure when treated with humic acid. Shilajit has also been used as a treatment for genitourinary diseases, diabetes, digestive disorders, nervous diseases, tuberculosis, chronic bronchitis, asthma, anemia, eczema, bone fractures, and other diseases due to the concentrated fulvic acid found in shilajit. According to the National Institute of Health, recent investigations suggest that shilajit can improve cognitive disorders associated with aging, thus paving the way for potential shilajit therapy in Alzheimer’s patients. Shilajit is completely safe to ingest daily as a dietary supplement and has been used for centuries in Asia to treat a myriad of ailments and improve overall vitality and quality of life.
Read more about the benefits of shilajit in our previous article.
Shilajit has also been used in Ayurvedic Medicine to help with:
- Chronic fatigue
- Altitude sickness
- Liver cancer
- Heart Health
- Low testosterone levels
- Signs of aging
- Herpes related viruses
- Gastric ulcers
- Stress reduction
Everyday Essence is a company focused on sourcing the highest quality shilajit that we incorporate into our all-natural, organic skincare and supplements. Our premium shilajit is cold filtered and tested, which means that we can preserve more of its rich vitamins as well as its star compound – fulvic acid. We’ve developed products that address internal and external ailments that may be affecting your skin’s health and appearance.
Shilajit for Skincare
Natural Face Toner – Shilajit Vitamin Mist
Treat your skin to an exotic experience by way of this refreshing, aromatic mist we like to call Shilajit Vitamin Mist. This all-natural toner packs a punch with up to 85 ionic vitamins and minerals, as well as a hint of colloidal silver. This refreshing spray is available in lavender, rose and palo santo scents. The fulvic acid found in shilajit, is known to act as an antioxidant. It works to slow down the aging process, protect your skin from free radicals, reduce fine lines, and prevent pesky breakouts. You can use it straight out of a steamy shower to calm irritated skin and even-out complexion. Or, use it to refresh dull, tired skin between work and drinks with friends. Personally, we love to use our shilajit spray first thing in the morning, The coolness of the mist and the calming properties of the organic shilajit and colloidal silver will awaken your skin while this natural toner delivers up to 85 ionic vitamins and minerals before you’ve even had your first cup of joe.
Shilajit Cream – Skin Therapy Platinum
Repair your skin with this ultra-powerful cream that delivers the restorative benefits of two of Mother Nature’s most precious substances – shilajit and colloidal silver. Skin Therapy Platinum works FAST! It’s the perfect marriage of powerful, all-natural ingredients that work together to hydrate extremely dry skin, reverse the signs of aging and even promote healing in eczema/psoriasis sufferers.The colloidal silver works to kill bacteria and disinfect. Enjoy the peace of mind knowing that your skin is soaking up two of our most powerful key ingredients every time you apply this silky smooth cream. Skin Therapy Platinum may offer many of the benefits of medicated skin creams, but it doesn’t subject you to the icky medicated scent that many of these creams come with.
*To sweeten the pot, we’ve added other organic ingredients such as stellaria media [reduces skin agitation due to acne, rosacea & eczema], calendula oil [antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, and natural collagen booster], and symphytum officinale [promotes healing of bruises and skin abrasions] to create a healing trifecta that your skin will crave!
Shilajit Supplements – Shilajit Resin
Shilajit resin (commonly known as stoney oil) has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries as a dietary supplement. Our shilajit resin is as concentrated as it comes. We store it in smokey glass jars to protect its precious vitamins and minerals from the light. All it takes is a pea-sized scoop of this rich, tar-like super supplement to feed your body the natural nutrients it needs to heal and regenerate. Shilajit supplements are a must-have for all-star athletes seeking all-natural treatments to reduce inflammation in tense joints and muscles. Within about a week, you may start to experience increased energy, a reduction in inflammation, healthier digestion, and clearer skin. We recommend dissolving your shilajit in a glass of water for optimal absorption and circulation in the body.
Shilajit for Skincare is just one of the many benefits of this powerful phytocomplex.
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